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Legacy of Austin’s Creekmore and Adele Fath Endures through their UT Philanthropy

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Recent charitable gifts to The University of Texas at Austin continue the long record of giving by Creekmore and Adele Fath, who were two of Austin’s leading citizens in the latter half of the 20th century.

Creekmore Fath

Creekmore Fath

Creekmore Fath, known to his intimates as Creek, was a friend and colleague to Texas political standouts such as Gov. John Connally, U.S. Sen. Ralph Yarborough, and U.S. Rep. Bob Eckhardt, with whom he opened a law practice after obtaining his law degree from UT in 1939.

Fath met the former Adele Hay Byrne in Washington, D.C., while serving in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The couple married in 1947 and spent the next 60 years in Austin, where they were active in political, philanthropic, and art circles. Adele died in 2007, Creekmore in 2009.

The couple contributed about $10.5 million to the university, directly and indirectly. Most of that has gone to support their interests in the humanities, history, and visual arts. Fath’s undergraduate degree was in liberal arts. He served on the College of Liberal Arts’ advisory council and was given the Pro Bene Meritis award, the college’s highest honor, in 2002.

Adele Fath

Adele Fath

“Creek and Adele Fath were great friends to this institution, with a powerful vision, and we continue to feel the benefits of their enormous generosity,” said Bill Powers, the university’s president.

The Faths established four endowments in support of students and programs during their lifetimes and created a charitable remainder trust that has since funded programs in Liberal Arts as well as in the Harry Ransom Center and the Briscoe Center for American History.

Today the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation continues to support the university in the spirit of its namesakes, with contributions of more than $800,000 to date.

Menuhin Competition

The Menuhin Competition is one of many programs and initiatives to receive support from the Fath Foundation.

The foundation awarded grants totaling $429,000 in December 2013 to a wide range of areas, including a veterans park and pavilion at the new Dell Medical School, a leadership program in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and scholarships for photography students in the Department of Art and Art History.

One of the the foundation’s recent grants supported the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, a global event featuring outstanding violinists ages 21 and younger, hosted by UT’s Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts Feb. 21 – Mar. 2, 2014.

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